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The Most Common Wi-Fi Standards and Types Explained

Wi-Fi is a catch-all term. In a sense, it is very precise. It explains a specific method you can use to connect to the internet.

There are many different types of Wi-Fi standards. Your router, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and smart home devices all use different wireless standards to connect to the internet. Wireless standards change every few years, too. Updates bring faster internet, better connections, more simultaneous connections, and so on.

The issue is, for most people, the sheer litany of wireless standards and specifications is confusing. Here's the full rundown on Wi-Fi standards.

First things first: what are Wi-Fi standards? Wi-Fi standards are a set of services and protocols that dictate how your Wi-Fi network (and other data transmission networks) acts.

The most common set of standards you will encounter is the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN (WLAN) & Mesh. The IEEE ...

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